10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds Who Love You Unconditionally

Want a pooch who'll want to cuddle with you all day long? Hang out with one of the 10 most affectionate dog breeds out there.

Published June 20, 2023

After a long day, there's nothing better than coming home to someone who wants nothing more than to greet you with kisses and cuddle next to you on the couch. Sounds perfect, right? Then you need one of these dogs. We found the 10 most affectionate dog breeds out there who can't wait to show you love. Find out if your dog made the list or discover your next best friend.

10. Boston Terrier


Looking for a small and loving dog breed? You might not need to look much further than the Boston Terrier. Bostons are affectionate dogs who bond deeply with their pet parents, but they also get along very well with other dogs and critters. Plus, they're super playful and happy-go-lucky.

Fast Fact

Boston Terriers are so affectionate they often burrow under the covers to nap with their people. Spoiler alert: this behavior means they love you. A lot.

9. Labrador Retriever


Labrador Retrievers are known for being friendly dogs, so it's no surprise they made our list. Labs love following their people around and will snuggle right up next to you any chance they get. This breed is also incredibly empathetic, so they can sense when you're sad or feeling off. These traits make Labrador Retrievers great service and emotional support dogs.

8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The Cavelier King Charles Spaniel doesn't look like your typical affectionate dog, but believe us, they are. Regal appearance aside, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel won't hesitate to nuzzle up against you and lick your face. This breed is also a favorite among families with children.

Need to Know

Unfortunately, Cavaliers are prone to several genetic health issues, so you'll need to make sure you're prepared for the maintenance these affectionate dogs bring with them.

7. Newfoundland


Coming in at number seven is the gentle and giant Newfoundland. Newfies are an intelligent breed who can reach up to 150 pounds, which means there's a whole lot of their love to go around. One of the ways Newfoundlands show affection is by leaning on the people they trust. Just make sure you don't lock your knees, or you'll fall. Not just in love, but literally!

6. Rottweiler


Rottweilers create very strong bonds with their owners. They're known for being very loyal, but Rotties can also have a stubborn streak. This means your Rottweiler will love nuzzling and loving on you, but might only do it on their terms.

Need to Know

Some dogs can become so affectionate that they err on the side of clingy. If your pup can't bear to be without you, they might suffer from separation anxiety.

5. French Bulldog


French Bulldogs are considered the most popular dog breed at the moment for several reasons, and one of them is their endless affection. Frenchies crave attention, and they're not afraid to dish it right back. They'll follow you around, lick your feet and legs, snooze on your lap, and give you sloppy kisses any chance they get.

Quick Tip

If your dog doesn't show you love in the traditional ways, it's possible they might have their own methods for expressing affection.

4. Pitbull Terrier


If you're searching for an affectionate dog who's large, loyal, and energetic, the Pitbull Terrier fulfills all of the above and more. After a great afternoon of playing ball or a hike (remember, you'll need to tire out these high-energy dogs both mentally and physically!), a pittie would love nothing more than to lay as close to you as they can.

Quick Tip

Pitbull-type dogs sometimes get a bad rap, but they were considered the "All-American Dog" in the 20th Century.

3. Coton de Tulear


The Coton de Tulear is the epitome of an affectionate lap dog. Why? It's literally in their blood. This breed was created to be companion animals, so they have provided humans with love and entertainment for generations. Did we mention how soft the Coton de Tulear's fur is when you pet them? Perfection.

Fast Fact

Does loving on your dog leave you with itchy, watery eyes? Coton de Tulears are not only one of the most affectionate dog breeds out there, but there's also hypoallergenic! That sounds like a win-win to us.

2. Golden Retriever


With all that shiny, golden hair, the Golden Retriever just begs to be hugged. And honestly, they'd probably love nothing more than that! Golden Retrievers are a sweet and loving dog breed that has a cheery disposition. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Golden that didn't want to give you a smooch.

1. Boxer


And the most affectionate dog breed is none other than the wiggly Boxer. We say "wiggly" because this breed has a notable "wiggle" they perform with their bottom when they greet someone they love (which is everyone). It's no wonder this breed has been described as the clown of the dog world. Boxers are loyal, playful, gentle, eager to please, and extremely affectionate.

Some Dogs Are More Affectionate Than Others


A dog's breed isn't the only factor that determines how affectionate they'll be as an adult. A dog's upbringing can shape their behavior, plus each dog simply has their own personality. Whatever their breed, you can strengthen the special bond you share with your dog and express your love for them. They're sure to return the affection!

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